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Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure



While a franchise is the ultimate goal of film, literature and even television it is a dual edged sword. On one side the creative folk have a built in audience, a tried and proven combination of characters and situations and a chance to build on the previous installments without the necessity of repeating all that tedious exposition. The other edge of this entertaining blade is what happens when it begins to dull, no longer providing the sharpness that made it a success in the first place. This can be avoided with some pre-planning such as deliberate trilogies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or the finite series perhaps best demonstrated with the ‘Harry Potter’ epic adventure. At least in that instance when it came to extended the franchise it was done with style and even necessity by splitting the last novel into two films. Another way to extend a successful franchise is to take a popular ploy from the television playbook; the spin off. Take a popular character, uproot them from their familiar surroundings and let their portion of the overall story continue. If there is one studio that could make the most of this approach it’s the Walt Disney Studio. In the last few years they came up with one of their most successful franchise ever, the Tween juggernaut ‘High School Musical’. It fell naturally into the trilogy category follow a group of exceptionally attractive and multi-talented teen in the last three years of their high school careers. In the third film the kids graduated, sang their final numbers and tossed their mortarboard graduation caps joyfully in the air before saying their goodbyes. As is the case in real life high school graduation is just the start of adult life. It is not unusual for the villain to become one of the most popular and interesting characters; something the Disney studio has known for long time. As such it should come as no surprise that the ‘High School Musical’ series gets another go-around with the video release of ‘Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure’. Right up front it should be noted that this movie does suffer to some degree from sequel syndrome not possessing the clever novelty of the of the franchise proper but with properly managed expectations this is something that the tween , now teen, fans will enjoy and parents will also find quite amusing.

Now that the petty arena offered by high school productions and talent show are behind her Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) is ready to move on with her life and a career she is certain will quickly lead to the fame and universal adoration she so richly deserves, at least in her mind that is what she is sure is about to happen. Sharpay has been working her entire life, all eighteen years of it to achieve a career as a musical performer and the fact is although not the most likeable young woman around the girl has talent. As the movie starts the plucky and frequently abrasive blonde is physically and professionally distant from the bright lights of Broadway. Sharpay has gig in the Lava Theater located in Albuquerque. New Mexico. Her parents are supportive or at least reluctantly willing to get her out of their home so their let Sharpay move East to New York City with the provision that if she fails she has to give up her dream and move back home. It doesn’t take long before Sharpay discovers the Big Apple is not ready to roll over at her feet. The first sign of trouble is when she is told she has to vacate the luxurious comfort of her family’s penthouse because of a rule precluding her pet dog, Boi. She winds up meeting a film student, Peyton (Austin Butler) who offers her place in a studio apartment with the requisite comic twist strings attached. The ultimate insult is Boi seems to be heading for as better career than Sharpay if he can get a pivotal part. Breaking into show business is rough even for a cute cocker spaniel like Boi who has competition for the role from the well trained show dog owned and managed by male tween Roger (Bradley Steven Perry).

The film doesn’t stray too far from its roots with ample opportunity for musical numbers and the now practically mandatory dance off show down. While the movie has all the depth of a spring show puddle it is also able to maintain an entertaining flair throughout. Keep in mind that this flick never pretended to be a vehicle for a meaningful script. The story is basically a scaffold to support the ample and well honed comic and musical talents of the delightful Ms Tisdale. Like many young performers from the Disney school of the arts Tisdale has been brought along in the best tradition of the studio system that ran the creative process of Hollywood in its golden age. Under this curriculum a young star is first given bit parts that lead to supporting roles in the vehicle for another Disney star. Tisdale paid her dues in the High School musical venue after being second banana in the Disney sit-com ‘Suite Life of Zack and Cody’. If you ever get a chance to catch her in that do so. It helped her develop an amazing sense of comic timing and a real flair for physical comedy. Added to this is a strong, capable voice and reasonable dance skills making her an old fashion triple threat. Another thing about Disney is how they encourage young talent like Tisdale to explore other means of creative expression; she also took on work behind the camera serving as the executive producer for this film. In all this is a light hearted and pleasant movie that will completely entertain the entire family.

Posted 04/17/11

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